Fairfax County has partnered with Transdev, Dominion Energy, and Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT) to launch an autonomous electric shuttle, called “Relay”, that will operate between a local Metrorail station (the Dunn Loring Metrorail Station) and the Mosaic District in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
This is the first publicly-funded autonomous electric shuttle transportation pilot and test of driverless technology in Virginia.
“This is such of positive example of the great innovation that can come from a strong public-private partnership,” said Neal Hemenover, VP, Innovation, for Transdev U.S. “We are excited to provide our expertise to this project, along with the extensive AV experience we have working with the vehicle manufacturer EasyMile.”
Facts About Relay:
- State-of-the-art technology with cameras, sensors, and GPS.
- Transdev safety operator on board at all times.
- 100% electric for zero emissions.
- ADA accessible with wheelchair access ramp.
Relay launched service in October with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and the boarding of some invited dignitaries. As part of Transdev’s strict Covid-19 safety protocols, the company ensures that only three people, plus the Transdev safety steward, are permitted on the vehicle at one time.